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So now our attention shifts to Dad.
For many months Dad has been fighting fatigue and loss of energy. Not surprising since he’s been caring for Mom for the past few years and then the stress of her transplant and recovery has been rough on him. Not to mention his insistence to continue to work. Then he started with frequent infections, one right after the other. Pains started and other ailments which lead him to doctor visits and testing. We finally got an answer. Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Cancer.
Dad has a lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, a B cell NHL (Non Hodgkins Lymphoma) that involves the bone marrow, known as Waldenstroms macroglobulinemia (WM). It’s rare, but slow “lazy” cancer that is not cured, but can be managed with treatments. And that’s what’s next.
Dad starts chemo Monday 2/28. Thankfully Mom is doing fantastic and is able to care for him and will be by his side for his initial treatment. He is in good spirits and of coarse when you ask how’s he’s doing, he always says “good, just a little tired”. His initial plan is chemotherapy once a month (two days of infusions) for six months.
So please keep Dad in your thoughts and prayers. We know God answers prayers and we have all the faith in his care team. He’ll be sure to go through some tough times, but with the advancements in medicine, I’m hoping his body handles it the best it can and he healthy once again.
I’m sure he’d love to hear from you all. Leave notes on this page for him to read to pass his time.